Ted Kennedy a traitor? Color me NOT SURPRISED.
A New York Times story on the FBI’s recently released files on the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., focuses on the “scores of death threats against” the Democratic icon, scion of America’s most famous family and revered “Lion of the Senate.”
“The 2,352 pages cover a period ranging from 1961 to 1985 only tell a small part of the story and do not mention Kennedy’s overtures to Soviet officials,” writes Kevin Mooney in the American Spectator. “Edward M. Kennedy’s self-serving, secret correspondence with Soviet agents during the height of the Cold War included proposals for collaborative efforts designed to undermine official U.S. policy set by Democratic and Republican administrations, KGB documents show.”
So how did the FBI completely miss the fact that as a sitting senator, Kennedy was in frequent contact with the KGB?
For example, in files released by the Russians in 1992, KGB chief Victor Chebrikov wrote to his boss, Russian General Secretary Yuri Andropov, that “Kennedy believes that, given the state of current affairs, and in the interest of peace, it would be prudent and timely to undertake the following steps to counter the militaristic politics of Reagan.”
The “militaristic politics of Reagan” that Sen. Kennedy was trying to sabotage included the president’s insistence on missile defense, which was later credited with helping to topple the Soviet Union and greatly reduced the threat of nuclear war.
But Kennedy was in contact with the KGB even before Reagan was elected. He back-stabbed his own party’s president, telling his Soviet friends that former President Jimmy Carter, not the Kremlin, was to blame for heightened Cold War tensions, according to Soviet defector and former KGB agent Vasiliy Mitrokhin.
In a KGB memo dated March 5, 1980, “Kennedy offered to speak out against President Carter on Afghanistan. Shortly thereafter he made public speeches opposing President Carter on this issue” – just a year after the Soviets had invaded that country.
James Simpson says that the Massachusetts Democrat “had a direct hand in crafting the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. As a result of his efforts – which appear in retrospect to have been crafted to prevent detection of his seditious activities – the FBI was prevented from accessing critical intelligence that could have warned of 9-11.”